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"Everyone understands me! They have to get me! I don't let them make fun of me," Chifundo's humor is deeply rooted within him and he carries the most joyful spirit. He came into the hospital this week with long leg discrepancy and a septic knee, me… Read more
"Everyone understands me! They have to get me! I don't let them make fun of me," Chifundo's humor is deeply rooted within him and he carries the most joyful spirit. He came into the hospital this week with long leg discrepancy and a septic knee, meaning one leg is longer than the other and the joint in his knee is inflamed caused by a bacterial infection. The doctors plan on preforming a temporary epiphysiodesis, in which the growth plate of his bone will be fused to delay the growth. The leg will also require 8-plates.
"It all began when he was a month old and his leg began to swell," his mom, Thokozani, shared with us. "We rushed him to the hospital and they couldn't identify a problem. From there, we were referred to four different hospitals before someone could actually do something. One of the hospitals even told us that his blood was black, which was very uncommon, but they still couldn't see the problem. At the fifth hospital, they drained the water out of his swollen leg, but it still didn't help the pain." His mom went on to tell us that when Chifundo was eight months old, they took him to a government hospital, who then gave him pain killers and antibiotics for his pain. They realized his leg had started to bend. Since then, he has had appointments at that hospital every six months to continue receiving pain killers. "The medicine sometimes helps, but I never thought his leg could actually be fully healed until a few month ago when I was referred to the CURE clinic in Lilongwe. My hope was restored." Even though Chifundo thinks he is superman, his mom says he struggles to walk long distances and has a lot of pain when flexing the backside of his knee. She has great expectations for CURE and asks for prayers of full healing for Chifundo and for his pain to go away! Please keep Chifundo's healing in your prayers during his time here at CURE Malawi!
Chifundo is on his way to the plaster room to get a new cast and he is SO excited! He really enjoys watching the physio team mold a new cast onto his leg. He also loves the fact that this means he's going home today! "I can't wait to see my baby sister Mada!" he told us. Chifundo says he is excited to spend Christmas at home with his family. We plan to see him again in the new year! Please keep Chifundo in your prayers as he is healing over the holidays!
Guess who's back and in for surgery! Superman! Chifundo is back in the hospital and was first into the operating room for surgery this morning. He had an osteotomy, where Dr. James and Dr. Karolina released the nerve in Chifundo's right leg and drilled at his right bone to straighten his leg. Chifundo was quiet when he first came in, but he was also a little nervous for surgery, so his fun personality will be back in no time! He is out of the operating room resting now and we laughed with his mom when we discovered he is a violent sleeper, practically hanging off all sides of his bed. He will most likely be in a lot of pain when he wakes up, as it was an intense surgery, so please keep Chifundo in your prayers as he recovers!
"Lex! Lex! I'm going home! Wahoo!" Chifundo and his mama are SO excited to be headed home today! His energy is back and he is feeling a lot better. We plan to see him again on December 9th, please keep Chifundo in your prayers while he is at home healing!
Chifundo is headed home tomorrow! We have no clue what we are going to do without Superman around, but we are happy he gets to go home and reunite with his sisters! He's been such a quiet tough guy after surgery and trying not to show any sign of pain. What a trooper! We told him we'll still love him even if he shows his soft side! He smiled, but continued being strong! Please keep Chifundo in your prayers as he journeys home tomorrow!
Chifundo had his first surgery today! Dr. Lubega and Dr. Lambat drilled 8-plates into both of his femurs and tibias. Before surgery, we asked Chifundo is he was scared, nervous or excited for his surgery. He smirked and responded, "What surgery? I don't know what you are talking about. I have no problem. I don't need surgery!" Chifundo believed he was Superman all the way into the operating room and we believe he'll still think he's Superman when he wakes up. Please keep our little Superman in your prayers while he recovers from his first operation!
Meet Chifundo! He came into the hospital this week and has made friends with just about everyone! He has two younger sisters, Shakira, who is ten, and Dalitso, who is three. Being a big brother is very important to Chifundo and he talks about his sisters all the time, but he says he doesn’t miss them because he is happy to have the great company of his new friend Miracle here at the hospital! The doctors are reviewing and planning for Chifundo's upcoming operation next week! Please keep him in your prayers during his journey to full healing!
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